House of the Dragon brought Westeros back to HBO last night, as well as nearly 10 million viewers along with it.
The series premiere of the Game of Thrones prequel drew in 9.9 million viewers across HBO and HBO Max after premiering its first episode. According to HBO, House of the Dragon drew the largest audience in the platform’s history, including content debuted before the streaming era.
The debut also topped Game Of Thrones‘ 2011 premiere by almost 350% in terms of viewers and became a hit on social media. On premiere day, House of the Dragon was the longest trending topic on Twitter, ranking No. 1 for 14 hours straight, and trended No. 1 on Google Trends.
“It was wonderful to see millions of Game of Thrones fans return with us to Westeros last night,” HBO and HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys said in a statement.
“House of the Dragon features an incredibly talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into the production, and we’re ecstatic with viewers’ positive response. We look forward to sharing with audiences what else George [R.R. Martin], Ryan [Condal] and Miguel [Sapochnik] have in store for them this season.”
House of the Dragon is produced by Condal and Sapochnik. It stars Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, ‘The Sea Snake’, Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower.